Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
37Trip End Dec 31, 2012
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Chicago is a beautiful city. The architecture is breathtaking, the history and culture is mesmerising and the amount of activities available to a tourist is almost overwhelming. Chicago in the middle of summer is a bustling and very hot city to visit, we were lucky though and the heat wasn't too unbearable.
The first day we had tickets to a White Sox baseball game in the evening, so we spent much of the day exploring the city
We also did a river and lake cruise, which gave a great perspective of the beautiful buildings. Both the Hop On Hop Off bus and the cruise had guides who were really good and informative. Chicago's skyline and cityscape has been the backdrop of numerous movies including Batman Begins. You could totally see it while you were exploring the city, which I felt made Chicago seem that much grander.
After the cruise we made our way down to Navy Pier we were got to walk around and explore before a quick but fairly large thunderstorm took over for a couple of hours. We feared it would cancel the baseball game, but luckily it cleared up pretty quickly. We really enjoyed the atmosphere at the White Sox game. Not to mention all the food vendor options
The next day we took the other Hop On Hop Off circuits and visited Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and saw the site of the beginning of the Great Chicago Fire. We also made sure we ate the local delicacy, deep dish pizza. It is pretty much a pizza pie, with a lot of cheese. While we enjoyed it at the time, we did pay for it after, that much cheese cannot be good for anybody.
We ended the evening and our time in Chicago with a visit up to the observatory floor, Sky Deck in the Sears Tower.